Alert as crooks steal from cars
MOTORISTS have been urged to be vigilant after a spate of thefts from cars in Runcorn.
Chief Inspector Sarah Heath, of Runcorn Local Policing Unit, said the incidents have been scattered around the town with the most recent offences in Halton Village but also Greenway Road.
She said the rate had been ‘much higher’ during September than usual.
Offences have mainly targeted vehicles that have not been left insecure.
There is also a suspicion that thieves might be looking for when wing mirrors have not retracted because they automatically close on newer vehicles when locked and it is easy for crooks to work out which ones are unlocked.
Drivers have been reminded of essential ways to avoid falling prey to thieves.
Motorists should remove any portable satnav system and associated fittings, as well as remembering to wipe suction marks off the windscreen.
All windows and the sunroof should also be shut when leaving a car, and make sure the doors are locked.
Mark items such as CD players and satnavs with the owner’s postcode or vehicle registration with a security marker,
Bluetooth should be switched off in cars where it is a feature, as thieves can exploit it on some vehicles to gain entry.
Never leave a car running to defrost on the drive.
Drivers can also buy theftresistant number plates.
At home never leave car keys near a door or window as they can be retrieved using a fishing rod or similar item.
Avoid leaving keys on visible display from outside.
Ch Insp Heath said: “We have had 14 offences reported this month, much higher than usual.
“We expect the number will be higher as many people don’t report to us, if low value items only are taken and no damage has been caused.”